Friday, December 31, 2010

December Accomplishments

These are a few of my favorite 'first' lines read in December 2010.

She spoke to him before the world fell apart.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.

Why I feel the sudden urge to relate, in pen and ink, a relationship of the most personal nature, which I have never before acknowledged, I cannot say

Less than a year into the marriage that made her mistress of one of England's finest houses, Elizabeth Darcy knew she still had much to learn about the place she now called home. Of one thing, however, she was certain. A ghost haunted Pemberley.

Sometimes there are these bizarre people who actually like physical education class.

December's Top Five:

He Knew He Was Right. Anthony Trollope. 
Lady Anna. Anthony Trollope.
The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag. (Flavia de Luce #2). Alan Bradley. 
The Butler Gets A Break. A Bellweather Tale. Kristin Clark Venuti.
Prom & Prejudice. Elizabeth Eulberg.

Number of Board Books: 4

Baby Nose to Baby Toes. Vicky Ceelen. 2009. Random House. 24 pages.
Farm Parade! Thom Wiley. Illustrated by Benji Davies. 2011. [January 2011] Scholastic. 12 pages.
What Am I? Salina Yoon. 2010. Scholastic. 12 pages.
Who am I? Salina Yoon. 2011. [January 2011] Scholastic. 12 pages.

Number of Picture Books: 11

Let It Snow. Maryann Cocca-Leffler. 2010. Scholastic. 24 pages.
The Littlest Christmas Star. Brandi Dougherty. Illustrated by Sanja Rescek. 2010. Scholastic. 32 pages.
My Two Holidays. Danielle Novack. Illustrated by Phyllis Harris. 2010. Scholastic. 32 pages.
It's Christmas, David! David Shannon. 2010. Scholastic. 32 pages.
Llama Llama Holiday Drama. Anna Dewdney. 2010. Penguin. 40 pages.
The Christmas Magic. Lauren Thompson. Illustrated by Jon J. Muth. 2009. Scholastic. 40 pages.
All The Things I Love About You. LeUyen Pham. 2010. November 2010. HarperCollins. 40 pages.
To Whom the Angel Spoke: A Story of the Christmas. Terry Kay. 2009. Peachtree. 32 pages.
The Gingerbread Pirates. Kristin Kladstrup. Illustrated by Matt Tavares. 2009. Candlewick. 32 pages.
Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale. Karen Henry Clark. Illustrated by Patrice Barton. 2010. November 2010. Random House. 32 pages.
The Christmas Giant. Steve Light. 2010. Candlewick. 32 pages.

Number of Children's Books: 7

Brand New Readers: Winter Fun! Various. 2010. Candlewick Press. 80 pages.
Turkey Day (School Reader Level 1) Grace Maccarone. Illustrated by John Manders. 2010. Scholastic. 32 pages.
There's A Mouse in the House! (School Reader Level 1). Wendy Cheyette Lewison. Illustrated by Hans Wilhelm. 2010. Scholastic. 32 pages.
Who Wears Glasses? (School Reader Level One) Ana Galan. Illustrated by Sebastian Burnett. 2010. Scholastic. 32 pages.
A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time. Mary Pope Osborne. Illustrated by Sal Murdocca. 2010. Random House. 128 pages.
Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman. Francesca Simon. Illustrated by Tony Ross. 2010. Sourcebooks. 112 pages.
The Emperor's Code. (The 39 Clues #8). Gordon Korman. 2010. Scholastic. 176 pages.

Number of Middle Grade: 1

The Butler Gets A Break. A Bellweather Tale. Kristin Clark Venuti. 2010. Egmont USA. 240 pages.

Number of YA: 7

Chasing Brooklyn. Lisa Schroeder. 2010. Simon & Schuster. 412 pages.
The Boy From Ilysies. Pearl North. 2010. Tom Doherty Associates. 320 pages.  
Jane. April Lindner. 2010. Little Brown. 373 pages.
Prom & Prejudice. Elizabeth Eulberg. 2011. [January 2011] Scholastic. 288 pages.
My Fair Godmother. Janette Rallison. 2009. Walker. 320 pages.  
The Scorch Trials. James Dashner. 2010. Random House. 368 pages.
Captivate. Carrie Jones. 2010. Bloomsbury. 276 pages. 

Number of Adult: 10

He Knew He Was Right. Anthony Trollope. 1869/2009. Oxford University Press. 992 pages.
Lady Anna. Anthony Trollope. 1874/2009. Oxford World's Classics. 560 pages.
The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag. (Flavia de Luce #2). Alan Bradley. 2010. Random House. 364 pages.
A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens. 1843. 96 pages.
Pride and Prescience: Or A Truth Universally Acknowledged. A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery. 2004. Tor. 288 pages.
North by Northanger: Or, The Shades of Pemberley. A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery. Carrie Bebris. 2006. Tor. 320 pages.
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James. 2007. HarperCollins. 352 pages.
What Happens in London. Julia Quinn. 2009. HarperCollins. 384 pages.
Ten Things I Love About You. Julia Quinn. 2010. HarperCollins. 384 pages.
Death of a Gossip. A Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery. M.C. Beaton. 1985/2008. Robinson. 210 pages.

Number of Christian: 2

Mystery of the Holy Spirit. R.C. Sproul. 1990/1994. Tyndale. 191 pages.
Miracle of Christmas: God With Us. John MacArthur. 1993. Zondervan. 144 pages

Number of Nonfiction: 3

The Crossing: How George Washington Saved The American Revolution. Jim Murphy. 2010. Scholastic. 96 pages.
Your Baby Is Speaking To You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby. Dr. Kevin Nugent. Photographs by Abelardo Morell. 2011. January 2011. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 106 pages.
Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens. Magic Tree House Research Guide #22. Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce. 2010. Random House. 128 pages.

Number of Graphic Novels:
Number of Poetry:

Number of Short Story Collections/Anthologies: 1

A Darcy Christmas: A Holiday Tribute to Jane Austen. By Amanda Grange, Carolyn Eberhart, and Sharon Lathan. Sourcebooks. 304 pages.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


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